Sunday, July 25, 2004

Scans uncover secrets of the womb

"A new type of ultrasound scan has produced vivid pictures of a 12 week-old foetus 'walking' in the womb."

"The images have shown:
From 12 weeks, unborn babies can stretch, kick and leap around the womb - well before the mother can feel movement
From 18 weeks, they can open their eyes although most doctors thought eyelids were fused until 26 weeks
From 26 weeks, they appear to exhibit a whole range of typical baby behaviour and moods, including scratching, smiling, crying, hiccuping, and sucking.
Until recently it was thought that smiling did not start until six weeks after birth."

Twelve weeks is just three months. Wow.

Via the ever-brilliant John Coleman.

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